Laura Westbrook

Hong Kong

Laura Westbrook

Laura Westbrook is a senior reporter covering Hong Kong. Prior to joining the Post, Laura was a reporter, presenter and senior producer at BBC World News in London. She has also worked as a news reporter in Hong Kong and New Zealand.

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Cathay Pacific: ‘hugely disappointing’ Hong Kong meeting sees no give on flight attendant contracts; pilots plead case to Labour Department

Both groups of employees who survived last week’s massive lay-offs now face a November 4 deadline to accept new wage-slashing contracts, or be let go.

28 Oct 2020 - 4:26PM

Both groups of employees who survived last week’s massive lay-offs now face a November 4 deadline to accept new wage-slashing contracts, or be let go.

Cathay Pacific: ‘hugely disappointing’ Hong Kong meeting sees no give on flight attendant contracts; pilots plead case to Labour Department
Coronavirus: Hong Kong resumes local tours with groups of up to 30 people but business outlook bleak

More than 100 itineraries from 58 tour agents were approved as of Saturday, with groups of up to 30 people, raised from four.

24 Oct 2020 - 11:13PM

More than 100 itineraries from 58 tour agents were approved as of Saturday, with groups of up to 30 people, raised from four.

Coronavirus: Hong Kong resumes local tours with groups of up to 30 people but business outlook bleak
Lack of jobs in Hong Kong, more than national security law, main reason for sharp fall in expats arriving, observers say

Travel advisories over new security law ‘only one factor’ expats worry about amid recession.

24 Oct 2020 - 1:37PM

Travel advisories over new security law ‘only one factor’ expats worry about amid recession.

Lack of jobs in Hong Kong, more than national security law, main reason for sharp fall in expats arriving, observers say
Alarming rise in Hong Kong young people struggling with mental health issues amid Covid-19 pandemic, experts warn

Professor Paul Yip, of HKU, says charities should engage early with young people in distress to reduce the suicide rate.

17 Oct 2020 - 11:22PM

Professor Paul Yip, of HKU, says charities should engage early with young people in distress to reduce the suicide rate.

Alarming rise in Hong Kong young people struggling with mental health issues amid Covid-19 pandemic, experts warn
Hong Kong’s jobless musicians struggle as Covid-19 ban on live gigs remains

Unable to play for months, some rely on welfare payments, switch to food delivery jobs.

29 Oct 2020 - 10:59AM

Unable to play for months, some rely on welfare payments, switch to food delivery jobs.

Hong Kong’s jobless musicians struggle as Covid-19 ban on live gigs remains
National security law: Hong Kong residents, protesters flock to Taiwan, but is it the right destination?

A growing number of Hongkongers have set their sights on the island in recent years. Many arrive lawfully but others have tried illegal means to get there.

10 Oct 2020 - 9:02AM

A growing number of Hongkongers have set their sights on the island in recent years. Many arrive lawfully but others have tried illegal means to get there.

National security law: Hong Kong residents, protesters flock to Taiwan, but is it the right destination?
Coronavirus cases linked to Hong Kong bar spark fears in the industry, calls for tougher enforcement of rules

Two cases linked to a Tsim Sha Tsui bar prompt industry fears, as nightlife magnate Allan Zeman calls on watering holes to be stricter in their enforcement of new rules.

6 Oct 2020 - 10:57PM

Two cases linked to a Tsim Sha Tsui bar prompt industry fears, as nightlife magnate Allan Zeman calls on watering holes to be stricter in their enforcement of new rules.

Coronavirus cases linked to Hong Kong bar spark fears in the industry, calls for tougher enforcement of rules
Spurred by coronavirus pandemic, Hong Kong student publishes photo book to raise funds for Indian children’s home

Student Aman Lakhwani wanted to find a way to give back amid the ongoing pandemic, and is donating HK$100 of the proceeds from each copy of the book to the Good Shepherd Agricultural Mission.

3 Oct 2020 - 9:30AM

Student Aman Lakhwani wanted to find a way to give back amid the ongoing pandemic, and is donating HK$100 of the proceeds from each copy of the book to the Good Shepherd Agricultural Mission.

Spurred by coronavirus pandemic, Hong Kong student publishes photo book to raise funds for Indian children’s home
Lead on recognising same-sex unions in Hong Kong must start with government not courts, lawyers and activists say

The burden should not be left on people to mount legal challenges on the grounds of discrimination, human rights lawyers and activists say.

27 Sep 2020 - 11:11PM

The burden should not be left on people to mount legal challenges on the grounds of discrimination, human rights lawyers and activists say.

Lead on recognising same-sex unions in Hong Kong must start with government not courts, lawyers and activists say
Hong Kong customs and police seize HK$2.5 million in smuggled goods, but suspects escape in speedboat

Officers from Customs and Excise Department and Marine Police spotted two vessels in waters off Lau Fau Shan. Suspects left one boat behind and fled in direction of mainland China.

19 Sep 2020 - 4:21PM

Officers from Customs and Excise Department and Marine Police spotted two vessels in waters off Lau Fau Shan. Suspects left one boat behind and fled in direction of mainland China.

Hong Kong customs and police seize HK$2.5 million in smuggled goods, but suspects escape in speedboat
Hong Kong bars open to brisk business on Friday after two-month closure amid third wave of Covid-19 infections

Anti-pandemic measures, such as limiting two customers to a table in bars, have been put in place at the nightlife venues to ensure public health safety.

19 Sep 2020 - 3:56AM

Anti-pandemic measures, such as limiting two customers to a table in bars, have been put in place at the nightlife venues to ensure public health safety.

Hong Kong bars open to brisk business on Friday after two-month closure amid third wave of Covid-19 infections
Covid-19 survivors: Hong Kong passengers relive time trapped on Diamond Princess cruise – first major cluster outside China

Dentist recalls watching infection rates climb as precautions were ignored on ship where city residents tested positive – sleepless nights followed.

12 Sep 2020 - 3:27PM

Dentist recalls watching infection rates climb as precautions were ignored on ship where city residents tested positive – sleepless nights followed.

Covid-19 survivors: Hong Kong passengers relive time trapped on Diamond Princess cruise – first major cluster outside China
A citizen’s duty or complete waste of time? Hong Kong residents explain why they either join or avoid mass Covid-19 test

For homemaker Yuen Mi-ling, the screening is part of her responsibility in helping the city get past the pandemic. Others, such as taxi driver Yau Cheong-him, are worried about infecting passengers, while some residents vow to skip the ‘wasteful’ process entirely.

2 Sep 2020 - 8:59AM

For homemaker Yuen Mi-ling, the screening is part of her responsibility in helping the city get past the pandemic. Others, such as taxi driver Yau Cheong-him, are worried about infecting passengers, while some residents vow to skip the ‘wasteful’ process entirely.

A citizen’s duty or complete waste of time? Hong Kong residents explain why they either join or avoid mass Covid-19 test
Coronavirus: 82,000 Hongkongers tested in first eight hours of Covid-19 screening scheme despite boycott calls

Number of people tested climbs as screening gets under way on Tuesday at 141 centres across all 18 districts of the city.

1 Sep 2020 - 9:28PM

Number of people tested climbs as screening gets under way on Tuesday at 141 centres across all 18 districts of the city.

Coronavirus: 82,000 Hongkongers tested in first eight hours of Covid-19 screening scheme despite boycott calls
Work visa delays a bane for foreigners seeking Hong Kong jobs amid Covid-19 pandemic, while national security law dents interest

Recruitment agencies say civil servants’ work-from-home arrangements as city battles third wave of infections the main factor for slowdown in processing.

22 Aug 2020 - 11:03PM

Recruitment agencies say civil servants’ work-from-home arrangements as city battles third wave of infections the main factor for slowdown in processing.

Work visa delays a bane for foreigners seeking Hong Kong jobs amid Covid-19 pandemic, while national security law dents interest
New ‘glamping site’ on Hong Kong’s Lantau Island wetlands did not seek approval to set up tents by the sea, authorities say

Residents, green group alarmed by owners seeking new uses for land in protected coastal area

23 Aug 2020 - 12:21AM

Residents, green group alarmed by owners seeking new uses for land in protected coastal area

New ‘glamping site’ on Hong Kong’s Lantau Island wetlands did not seek approval to set up tents by the sea, authorities say
Hong Kong organisations hoping charity begins at home as economic crunch sees donations dry up

The impact of last year’s civil unrest, coupled with the coronavirus pandemic, has left several of Hong Kong’s charities on the brink of collapse, and some hope residents will use their HK$10,000 cash handout to boost the coffers of those most in need.

16 Aug 2020 - 11:06AM

The impact of last year’s civil unrest, coupled with the coronavirus pandemic, has left several of Hong Kong’s charities on the brink of collapse, and some hope residents will use their HK$10,000 cash handout to boost the coffers of those most in need.

Hong Kong organisations hoping charity begins at home as economic crunch sees donations dry up
Hong Kong third wave: passage from India a struggle, as government red tape leaves residents stranded and unable to fly

Travellers coming back to city from high-risk countries require Covid-19 test and official letter proving lab was government approved. But while India has published a list of verified labs on its website, obtaining a signed letter of health has proven difficult.

5 Aug 2020 - 10:02PM

Travellers coming back to city from high-risk countries require Covid-19 test and official letter proving lab was government approved. But while India has published a list of verified labs on its website, obtaining a signed letter of health has proven difficult.

Hong Kong third wave: passage from India a struggle, as government red tape leaves residents stranded and unable to fly
‘We need food’: as Covid-19 pandemic strikes hard, desperate Hong Kong families turn to charities for help

NGOs, churches roll out schemes to meet requests from ‘newly jobless’ hit by hard times.

1 Aug 2020 - 12:00PM

NGOs, churches roll out schemes to meet requests from ‘newly jobless’ hit by hard times.

‘We need food’: as Covid-19 pandemic strikes hard, desperate Hong Kong families turn to charities for help
Explainer | National security law: how Hong Kong BN(O) passport holders can apply for Britain’s special visa

New visa expected to be popular among young Hongkongers born in the 1990s, who may not be eligible for migration programmes in other countries.

24 Jul 2020 - 11:49PM

New visa expected to be popular among young Hongkongers born in the 1990s, who may not be eligible for migration programmes in other countries.

National security law: how Hong Kong BN(O) passport holders can apply for Britain’s special visa
Home and away: after national security law, Hongkongers contemplate a second exodus

With the likes of Britain and the US offering refuge, millions of residents are deciding whether to stay or go as Beijing tightens its grip on the city – but those who left before the 1997 handover say migrating can be far from easy.

18 Aug 2020 - 5:56PM

With the likes of Britain and the US offering refuge, millions of residents are deciding whether to stay or go as Beijing tightens its grip on the city – but those who left before the 1997 handover say migrating can be far from easy.

Home and away: after national security law, Hongkongers contemplate a second exodus
National security law: Hong Kong libraries pull books by some localist and democracy activists for review

At least nine titles by Joshua Wong, Horace Chin and Tanya Chan are no longer available to the public.

21 Oct 2020 - 12:53PM

At least nine titles by Joshua Wong, Horace Chin and Tanya Chan are no longer available to the public.

National security law: Hong Kong libraries pull books by some localist and democracy activists for review
Coronavirus: Indian groups in Hong Kong call for home stays for returnees, not quarantine camps

Representatives of 30 organisations met Indian consul general to discuss the situation.

3 Aug 2020 - 7:27PM

Representatives of 30 organisations met Indian consul general to discuss the situation.

Coronavirus: Indian groups in Hong Kong call for home stays for returnees, not quarantine camps
National security law: human rights NGOs dreading impact of legislation in Hong Kong slammed for fearmongering

Foreign groups worry they will be scrutinised, targeted over activities, operations, funding

21 Jun 2020 - 11:39PM

Foreign groups worry they will be scrutinised, targeted over activities, operations, funding

National security law: human rights NGOs dreading impact of legislation in Hong Kong slammed for fearmongering
National security law: plans for general strike in Hong Kong, class boycott fail to win enough support at unofficial ‘referendum’

Organisers needed 60,000 votes to call for a citywide work strike, but only 8,943 ballots were cast.

21 Jun 2020 - 1:58AM

Organisers needed 60,000 votes to call for a citywide work strike, but only 8,943 ballots were cast.

National security law: plans for general strike in Hong Kong, class boycott fail to win enough support at unofficial  ‘referendum’
Coronavirus: Hong Kong bankruptcies for May the worst since 2003 Sars epidemic, as experts paint dour picture of road ahead

With courts closed or barely working from February to April, the first five months of the year still saw personal bankruptcies climb 12.5 per cent from 2019.

19 Jun 2020 - 11:30PM

With courts closed or barely working from February to April, the first five months of the year still saw personal bankruptcies climb 12.5 per cent from 2019.

Coronavirus: Hong Kong bankruptcies for May the worst since 2003 Sars epidemic, as experts paint dour picture of road ahead
National security law: Britain urged to go ‘one step further’ for Hong Kong’s BN(O) passport holders alarmed by Beijing legislation

Democratic Party says improved immigration offer from British Home Secretary for more than 3 million Hongkongers does not go far enough.

17 Jun 2020 - 11:32PM

Democratic Party says improved immigration offer from British Home Secretary for more than 3 million Hongkongers does not go far enough.

National security law: Britain urged to go ‘one step further’ for Hong Kong’s BN(O) passport holders alarmed by Beijing legislation
Hong Kong protests: police fire pepper spray as hundreds gather in Central to mark first anniversary of historic march against extradition bill

In a game of cat and mouse, protesters disperse as police charge and then regroup and stream back onto the streets after officers leave.

10 Jun 2020 - 2:43PM

In a game of cat and mouse, protesters disperse as police charge and then regroup and stream back onto the streets after officers leave.

Hong Kong protests: police fire pepper spray as hundreds gather in Central to mark first anniversary of historic march against extradition bill
Fears of Hong Kong brain drain amid months of violent anti-government protests and concern over national security law

Months of protests and now a national security law fuelling US-China tensions are raising fears of a brain drain from Hong Kong.

6 Jun 2020 - 1:27PM

Months of protests and now a national security law fuelling US-China tensions are raising fears of a brain drain from Hong Kong.

Fears of Hong Kong brain drain amid months of violent anti-government protests and concern over national security law
Hong Kong unlikely to lose edge as global hub despite China’s plan to turn Hainan into free trade port, business chiefs and industry experts say

Hong Kong’s status as a trading hub and shopping paradise will not be overtaken by Hainan province, at least in short term, says head of small-business chamber.

3 Jun 2020 - 1:13AM

Hong Kong’s status as a trading hub and shopping paradise will not be overtaken by Hainan province, at least in short term, says head of small-business chamber.

Hong Kong unlikely to lose edge as global hub despite China’s plan to turn Hainan into free trade port, business chiefs and industry experts say